Christian Pulisic is reveling on Chelsea’s left flank as he cements himself as Eden Hazard’s replacement at the Stamford Brigde.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea registered their sixth successive English Premier League victory of the 2019/20 campaign. The Blues legend had youngster Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic to thank for as they capped off an impressive result.
The American international has been impressive on the left flank in recent weeks as he cements a starting berth. Pulisic has scored an impressive five goals in his last three outings to make his case for the first team.
This is a welcome change from first team obscurity in September and appearances off the bench in early October. At the moment he is un-droppable and rightly deserves so.
He has replaced Callum Hudson-Odoi from the first team. The young Englishman is struggling for match fitness as he makes his comeback from his long term injury layoff.
With work on the training ground paying off, Pulisic is capitalizing on the opportunities afforded to him. Pulisic recent goal return is the best of his young career and he surely will be looking to better his best Bundesliga season returns with Chelsea.
Against Crystal Palace he looked the brightest of Chelsea attackers in the first half. He put his mesmerizing skills akin Eden Hazard on show. Pulisic was unlucky not to be on the score sheet earlier, being kept at bay by Vicente Guaita.
Confidence from Lampard
His performances have not gone unnoticed by Frank Lampard, who hailed him for adjusting to life in English Premier League.
“I don’t think it is vindication, I think it is more that Christian came from another league and didn’t have a great break, et cetera. He played some games early on and the pace of the Premier League is tough for anyone to improve in the game.
“But with Christian I always believed that he has huge talent and will be a big player for us and he has shown that,” Lampard commented.
“I thought he was first class today. His energy, movement of the ball, slipping past people, moving passed people and the quality of getting in areas again, scoring in and around the six-yard box. I think is a huge thing for any wide player,” the former Chelsea midfielder remarked.
“The only frustration is he comes off with a bit of an injury. He was going to be subbed off before he got his goal, he has got a bit of a hip issue. I am hoping it’s not too bad because the way that he is in full flow at the minute is great to see.”
The succession has not completed yet
Pulisic is still not the finished product and there is agreement he needs to do better with his chances. However, his second half goal against Palace shows his maturity as a player and performances will only improve with time.
Similarly, the race for Hazard’s succession is not over at Chelsea. With Odoi breathing down Pulisic’s neck for a starting berth, it is going to be tough battle.